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2008 Breeders Crown Open Races

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Major in Art wins the 2008 Metro Pace
Major in Art wins the 2008 Metro Pace

Major in Art wins the 2008 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack at Mohawk Racetrack

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
The $1 million Metro Pace is one of the richest races in North America for 2-year-old pacers. A full field of ten lined up behind the starting gate, with elimination winner Annieswesterncard sent off as the 2-1 favorite. In to challenge the son of Western Hanover included 5-2 second choice Major In Art, winner of the Woodrow Wilson at the Meadowlands, and 3-1 third choice Well Said, second to Annieswesterncard in the eliminations after winning condition races at Meadowlands and Mohawk.

At the start, Major in Art was quickest away from post 4 opening up a 1 1/2 length lead over 7-2 fourth choice Nebupanezzar on the clubhouse turn through a quarter in 26 4/5. Down the backstretch, favorite Annieswesterncard, wide on the clubhouse turn, took over the front end getting the half in 55 2/5 and 3/4 in 1:22 4/5 with Well Said stalking him in second to his outside. At the top of the lane, Annieswesterncard held a 3/4 length advantage but Major In Art, who had settled in third down the backstretch, came on again, closing with a rush to get up by 3/4 length over Nebupanezzar on the far outside in 1:51 2/5. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to favorite Annieswesterncard third.
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